‘Tis the Ski Season, Y’all! Happy New Year and welcome back to the blog. I’m going to try to be more consistent with the blog this year so make sure to keep me in check! 😉 I’ve seen a couple of requests come through about what to pack on a ski trip so I figured why not make it a blog post so that it can live permanent on the internet 🙂 This will be my 4th year skiing and so I’ve complied this list of must have skiing essentials and have linked everything I own below:
1. Ski Jacket
When choosing a ski jacket you can’t go wrong with the known brands like Columbia, The North Face or Spyder. If you are planning on making skiing an annual trip, make sure to invest early in quality durable pieces so you don’t have to worry about repurchasing clothing every year. If you are planning on going once, I’d suggest borrowing clothing from a friend or checking out ASOS! They have ski clothes but I can’t vouch for the quality yet 😉
I purchased a white jacket (you can’t go wrong with black or white) with the intention to wear different colored bottoms cause I like to have outfit options! Since ski jackets are generally more expensive, I decided to go white since black is very common on the mountains.
Make sure your jacket is waterproof, insulated and has a hood – most ski jackets are but if you choose to not purchase a ski jacket these items are key. The ski jacket I have pictured below has an insulated liner that can be worn separately as a lighter jacket.
2. Ski Pants
Similarly, it’s important to invest in a good pair of pants. There are different styles – the first time I went skiing I purchased these wider legged pants that go over your snow boots. After the first two years, I purchased some tighter ski pants that go underneath your boots and I liked them better! Definitely personal choice but below is a picture of my tighter ski pants.
3. Ski Boots
This isn’t something you need to purchase – I personally don’t have my own pair yet – but if you are planning on making this an annual activity it might be worth investing in your own pair of ski boots. Keeyan has found that the rental boots are not as fitted and can sometimes be uncomfortable so he purchased his first pair after 5 years of skiing. So if you do become a regular, this is an investment for the future!
4. Additional Insulation
Layers, layers, layers – insulation is key to staying warm during your ski trip. Remember, it’s always easier to take layers off on the mountain than searching for layers to keep you warm haha! Underneath my ski jacket I wear 2 additional layers. I wear a full zip North Face Fleece underneath my jacket. It doesn’t have to be a full zip but I like how much easier it is to remove the jacket when you get warm after a couple rounds down the mountain instead of taking something off over your head.
5. Thermals – Top and Bottom Base Layer
Thermals are an essential part of your ski outfit. There are lots of brands out there but you don’t need anything special. My friend recommended these Fruit of the Loom Thermals from Amazon the first time I went skiing and they do the job!
6. Gloves and Liners
Gloves are something that I don’t recommend purchasing online. You want to try on your gloves in store to make sure your hands are flexible and you can grip your poles well. I’ve linked the gloves that I have, here for reference. I wear liners underneath my gloves that have touch screen capabilities that allow me to access my phone once my gloves are off! Here are the link to my liners!
7. Wool Socks
SmartWool ski socks are great! They are thick, comfortable and keep your feet warm and free from frostbite. Since we usually don’t have access to a washing machine I like to take 2-3 pairs depending on how many days I’m skiing since they will get wet from the snow.
8. Neck Warmer & Headband
Some people prefer to wear balaclava but I like to wear neck and head warmers honestly because they are cuter and still keep me warm. Neck warmer and headbands are Turtlefur and lots of colorful options! The headbands go over your ears which keeps them warm.
9. Goggles and Helmet
The goggles and helmet are also something I would recommend going to the store to get fitted since sizes can differ. I was recommended a snowboard helmet since my head is slightly smaller and it was a better fit – this is the one that I have linked here! I can’t link the exact goggles that I have but Giro carries a ton of colors!
11. Hand Warmers
Don’t forget hand warmers ! These are great to keep in your pockets and in your gloves while out!
And that’s it – these are the must haves on what to pack on a ski trip. Remember to pack thick sweaters, leggings or jeans, beanies and scarves for when you aren’t skiing! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions and happy skiing!
*This list is the bare minimum on what to pack on a ski trip! Keep in mind that there may be other items you will need depending on where you go to ski!